Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton will have the opportunity to defend his 2016 Home Run Derby title in front of his home crowd as Miami will play host for the 2017 MLB All-Star Game and Home Run Derby.
The field of contestants has not been finalized but Stanton will certainly be among the favorites to win.
Stanton won the 2016 Home Run Derby by hitting 20 home runs in the final Cheap Custom NFL Jerseys round to defeat 2015 champion Todd Frazier. Frazier won the derby in the first year of the competition’s new format, in which contestants compete in a single-elimination, three-round bracket with timed rounds.
The 55-year-old coach knows Paul leaving (and perhaps even Blake Griffin) means the end of Lob City, and he’s sad to see it fall apart: “That part is over. And that bugs me. But we’re not done trying to reach our goal. Sometimes you gotta do it a different way. Because the way we tried to do it didn’t work.”
L.A.’s primary goal now is retaining Griffin, who could leave when free agency begins Saturday. If Griffin goes elsewhere, the Clippers are pretty much in rebuilding mode as they certainly wouldn’t have the pieces necessary to replicate last season’s success.
With the Rockets and Warriors stockpiling All-Stars, the Clippers stand no chance in the loaded West, which also has the constantly-performing Spurs.
There’s also a case of whether Rivers remains with the Clippers. As coach and president of the franchise, Rivers has had success, but as he admits, they never reached the promised land. With Nike Elite Cheap Jerseys an apparent rebuild in sight, the team may look to completely shake things up by bringing in someone else.
But Rivers tells ESPN he wants to take part in piecing this franchise back together. We’ll see soon enough if the front office feels the same.